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article imageBoy, 8, passes Microsoft IT exam, wants to develop a new OS

By Chris V. Thangham     Jan 19, 2009 in Technology
Eight-year-old Marko Calasan from Macedonia became the youngest person to pass the Microsoft certified exam for Information Technology (IT) professionals.
Marko Calasan was called the “Mozart of Computers” by the local press after he passed the grueling Microsoft Exam for information technology professionals at 8. His proud parents say while other kids read comics, he reads “Implementing and Administering Security in a Microsoft Windows Server Network”.
The exam qualifies him to work as a computer network administrator in any company but he has not even completed his third grade in Skopje, Macedonia.
Calasan told The Times:
The Microsoft officials gave me computer games and DVDs with cartoons when I passed the exams because I am a child. That was nice, but I’m not really interested in those things.
He wants to become a computer scientist when he grows up and create a new operating system.
According to his parents, he learned to read and write at two and began an interest from computers right away. His parents are also IT experts and run a computer school for children.
The Macedonian Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski, has rewarded young Calasan with an IT lab with 15 computers for him to sharpen his IT skills.
Marko’s mother, Radica Calasan, 38, told the Times he mostly learned about computers through the Internet and often helps his parents when they have computer problems.
Marko’s favorite activities are participating on Internet forums for IT professionals and debating about complex computer engineering problems. His favorite topic in school is mathematics.
In passing the Microsoft Exam, Marko became the youngest over another child prodigy from India, Lavinashree, at nine years old.
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